Visions of Culture: An Introduction to Anthropological Theories and Theorists

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This new edition of Jerry D. Moore's Visions of Culture presents introductory anthropology students with a brief, readable, and balanced treatment of theoretical developments in the field from the days of Tylor and Morgan to the present. The key ideas of 24 major theorists are briefly described and—unique to this textbook—linked to the biographical and fieldwork experiences that helped shape their theories. The impact of each scholar on contemporary anthropology is presented, along with numerous explanatory examples, illuminating quotes from the theorists' writings, and a description of the broader intellectual setting in which these anthropologists worked. New to this edition are pieces on Sherry Ortner, Pierre Bourdieu, and Eric Wolf, an Epilogue that describes key current debates over theory, and an update of earlier chapters. This is an ideal text for classes on the theory or the history of anthropology— balanced, interesting, student-friendly. Theorists covered include Tylor, Morgan, Boas, Durkheim, Kroeber, Benedict, Sapir, Mead, Mauss, Malinowski, Radcliffe-Brown, Evans-Pritchard, White, Steward, Harris, Leacock, Levi-Strauss, Turner, Geertz, Douglas, Fernandez, Ortner, Bordieu, and Wolf.

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Jerry D. Moore is Professor of Anthropology at California State University, Dominguez Hills.  He has conducted archaeological investigations in Peru, Baja California, California, and southern Mexico. He is the author of Architecture and Power in the Ancient Andes (Cambridge), Cultural Landscapes in the Prehispanic Andes (University Press of Florida), and Visions of Culture: An Introduction to Anthropological Theories and Theorists (Altamira Press/Rowman and Littlefield), and The Prehistory of Home (University of California Press.)  He is the editor of Visions of Culture: An Annotated Reader and co-editor of The Prehistory of Baja California: Advances in the Archaeology of the Forgotten Peninsula (with Don Laylander).

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Jerry D. Moore is a professor of anthropology at California State University, Dominquez Hills.

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